Pescatori Fitzrovia Review

A rather fishy affair at Pescatori Fitzrovia:

I suspect that my carnivorous yearnings when I am dining with The-Hedonist are at least partly psychological.  The idea that we CAN’T share a dish that has any form of meat just makes me want to order a big juicy steak.  But, on this particular occasion I’d been eating far too much red meat through the week and that particular desire didn’t kick in at all. Or perhaps that was just because of the fabulous sounding fish dishes on the menu

scallops in pancetta

I did order seared Loch Crinan scallops with smoked pancetta to start though.  Something of a classic starter, the Pescatori scallops were beautifully cooked.  I was slightly envious of the platter of

Fine de claire oysters ordered by the Hedonist though, although it was such a cold day I was in need of something warm!

pescatori oysters


For my main course I ordered the daily special of salt baked seabass, which arrived rather splendidly on a wooden platter and was filleted at the table.  I don’t think my photos really do justice to the fish which was moist and flakey.  Our waitress had already started filleting the fish when we realised we were missing a photo opportunity.  So what you see is a ‘reconstruction’ – and a slightly wonky one at that.



pescatori seabass


The-Hedonist’s frito misto appeared on the generous side and almost defeated him but somehow he struggled through!

pescatori fritto misto

I went on to enjoy a rather fine poached pear with cinnamon ice-cream while The-Hedonist feasted on some ice-cream.

Pescatori poached pear


We enjoyed our meal at Pescatori, it’s somewhere to relax in civilised but not too formal surrounding and eat well at a reasonable price with most main courses between £15 and £22.  As the name suggests, the menu is Italian with  an emphasis on fish, though there are options for those of us with yearnings for meat as well as a few pasta and risotto vegetarian dishes.


Pescatori Fitzrovia
57 Charlotte Street
Pescatori on Urbanspoon

3.5 / 5 stars     
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  1. samantha gray says

    I’d love to know what you think of the service as whenever I’ve dined at Pescatori it’s been neither professional nor friendly

    • says

      we were invited there by the restaurant so had no problems with service ourselves. We were told that the restaurant was in the process of an overhaul. I always make a point of discretely looking round to see how the restaurant is treating everyone and on the day we went, there didn’t seem to be any issues. However, obviously one (relatively) quiet lunch time service isn’t necessarily a reflection of how the restaurant operates normally. My dining companion is a jazz musician and knew the restaurant manager from when he had worked elsewhere, so there’s also a reasonable chance that the overhaul was in progress and the new staff were working rather better than you have experienced in the past. If you go again, do let me know how you get on.

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